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Friday 15 July 2016

Today, the introduction of the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy continues to make the news, alongside positive stats on UK families switching energy supplier.

Tackling climate change remains a key priority for the government with the creation of BEIS and is essential in ensuring economic prosperity and security for our country.

We are committed to the UK Climate Change Act and the Global Deal signed in Paris and have already accepted the recommendation of the Committee on Climate Change on the 5th Carbon Budget.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

A number of publications have been speculating on the merging of BIS and DECC into the newly formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the reactions from green campaigners.

Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, among others, have expressed their concerns over the omission of ‘climate change’ from the department’s title, claiming that this demonstrates the downgrading of the issue's status as a government priority.

Our view: Tackling climate change remains a key priority for the government with the creation of BEIS and is essential in ensuring economic prosperity and security for our country.

We are committed to the UK Climate Change Act and the Global Deal signed in Paris and have already accepted the recommendation of the Committee on Climate Change on the 5th Carbon Budget.

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Power to Switch

The Times, Utility Week and Energy Live News have reported that a record number of families have switched energy supplier this year. Over two million changed their supplier during the first six months of 2016 which, as the Times points out, is up nearly 30% from the same period last year.

Our view: Our top priority is to keep bills down for British households and businesses. Thanks to government action, it’s easier to switch than ever before and customers on the most expensive tariffs could save up to £325 by shopping around.

There are now more than 40 suppliers to choose from and we urge people to compare, switch and save today.